(Eric Vargiolu DPPI - Renault Sport F1)
Former Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber believes that the reigning world champions will bounce back from their difficult start to their 2014 campaign. The Milton Keynes based team are 4th in the Constructors championship on 35 point's, just two ahead of Ferrari. Earlier this week the team lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the season opening Australian Grand Prix.
Webber, who retired from Formula One at the end of last season will embark on the next chapter of his motorsport career this weekend as the Australian will take part in the opening race of the World Endurance Championship at the 6 Hours of Silverstone for Porsche this weekend.
Speaking about his replacement at Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo, Webber said:
'He'll ride this out. When asked about his fellow Australian's current struggles. He went on to say:
'It's normal to have a bit of (bad luck) - well, not maybe so much in his first few events with the start to the season he's had, but he'll just knuckle down and get on with it. As a youngster coming in, I think they're going to give him a great chance to do well and that's what the team needs to do now.
He also stated:
'They're not the benchmark either, anymore. The team's under a little bit of heat early in the Championship. They're a quality team and they'll be back, under the leadership of Adrian Newey - particularly on the design front.
'But Mercedes have got the run on them at the moment, with that car they're doing well. So they need to work together as a team, for sure.'
During his time at the team, Webber had his fair share of bad luck, despite this he came extremely close to winning the Driver's championship for the team in 2010, losing out at the end of the season. Despite no longer being a driver in Formula One, the Australian is still involved in the sport as a contributor to the BBC's F1 coverage where he will film a number of features for the corporation. He will film a number of different features during the season in-between his World Endurance Championship commitments.
His first feature was aired during the BBC's coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix last month. There is no doubt that Webber will be keeping an eye on how his old team get on this season, in particular Daniel Ricciardo as he goes up against the reigning world champion. Ricciardo, caught up to, overtook and went on to beat his team mate Sebastian Vettel last time out in Bahrain.
©Ben Johnston 2014